Stephan Balkenhol



Stephan Balkenhol was born in 1957 in Fritzlar, Germany. He lives and works in Karlsruhe, Berlin and Meisenthal. Since 1992 he has been teaching sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karslruhe. He creates his figurative wood sculptures and relief not only in large-scale but also in downscaled dimensions. Material and wear marks are clearly visible and the colouring is nearly realistic but simple. Expressionless faces and distanced anonymity leaves the beholder to a wide range of interpretations. Numerous works are situated in public space as well as held in several major collections like the Museum Ludwig (Cologne) and the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg). Besides, Galerie Klüser supported numerous national and international museum exhibitions and published several catalogues on the artist. The gallery has been representing Stephan Balkenhol since 1992.




*1957, Fritzlar, Germany. Stephan Balkenhol lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany and Meisenthal, France. Galerie Klüser has been representing Stephan Balkenhol since 1992.


1976-1982Akademie der Schönen Künste (Prof. Ulrich Rückriem), Hamburg, Germany
1988-1989Lectureship Akademie der Schönen Künste, Hamburg, Germany
1990Lectureship Hochschule für Bildende Künste/Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany
1992Professorship Akademie der Schönen Künste, Karlsruhe, Germany

Exhibitions at Galerie Klüser and Klüser 2

2023DRAWING ROOMS, Solo show
2020IL MONDO UMANO, Group show
2011SELECTED WORKS, Solo show
2007DRAWINGS, Group show

Selected solo exhibitions

2020LE PRÉVU ET L’IMPRÉVU, Palais D’Iéna, Paris, France
STEPHAN BALKENHOL, lehmbruckmuseum, Duisburg, Germany
2019DEADLINE, Kasseler Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel, Germany
2018STEPHAN BALKENHOL im Dialog mit der Sammlung, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany
STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Centro De Arte Contemporáneo De Málaga, Málaga, Spain
2016STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Museum of Art, Moscow, Russia
STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany
2014-2015STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Landesgalerie Linz, Linz, Austria
2014STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Ravensburg, Germany
2012STEPHAN BALKENHOL, St.-Elisabeth, Kassel, Germany
2010STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France


MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Lever House Art Collection, New York, USA
ARS AEVI, Museum Of Contemporary Art Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Artothek, Nürnberg, Germany
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
MARCA Museum, Cantanzaro, Italy
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg-Kirchberg, Luxembourg
Museum Africa, Johannesburg, Southafrica
Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
Neue Nationalgalerie, SMPK, Berlin, Germany
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Peggy Guggenheim, Venice, Italy
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
and others

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